The last three steps of the twelve step program are commonly known as the ''maintenance steps''.
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with a Higher Power of our understanding, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I have found that taking some of the key words from these instructions, can provide me with a sort of formula for the ongoing journey of the spiritual life:
• I CONTINUE to seek a greater power, because I know that on my own I am doomed to failure.
• I strive to IMPROVE, because I know that there is a limitless amount of work to be done on myself in order for me to be an effective vehicle for the power that guides and upholds me.
• I maintain my spiritual PRACTICE, because it is the basis for my experience with my Higher Power and the nourishment that keeps me well.
• I TRY my best in all areas of my life, because God will meet me half way when I really TRY. In this way, my genuine best efforts are always enough.
This seems to give me a healthy injection of humility by reminding me that I am not infallible and will always need to be moving towards some form of progress in my personal and spiritual development. Along with this humility that I receive, which is no less than an expression of Divine Grace, comes an inspiration to reach a little higher and search a bit deeper for the edge of my learning capacity. Because this is the where I need to stay if I want a new and fresh experience of living well in a Human body and a challenging world.
Namo Amida Bu/Gb
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